02.12.2010 - ODG

Irina Bokova reaches out to civil society and government in Argentina

© UNESCO/Diego San Martin - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and Alberto Sileoni, Argentina’s Minister of Education, participating at a conference entitled “Education and Society” on 1 December 2010 in Buenos Aires

On the second day of her official visit to Argentina, 1 December 2010, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova l received a Doctor honoris causa from the National University of San Martín in Buenos Aires, where she delivered a speech on the perspectives of New Humanism in the 21st Century. “Being a humanist today is to seek, first, to build a real human community by building bridges between North, South, East, and West,” she said.

Irina Bokova also visited Villa Ocampo, the historic former home of Argentinean intellectual Victoria Ocampo, which today hosts a large cultural program under the auspices of UNESCO.

Together with Senator Daniel Filmus, representative of Argentina to UNESCO’s Executive Board, and Alberto Sileoni, Argentina’s Minister of Education, Irina Bokova participated at a conference entitled “Education and Society”, where she defended the idea of investing in education in order to attain all Millennium Development Goals.  The Director-General then signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Minister Sileoni by which UNESCO and Argentina will join forces to mobilize broad-based participation in science, technology and innovation (STI).

Irina Bokova concluded her day following a meeting with Argentina’s Minister of Social Development, Ms Alicia Kirchner, who is also Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Council of UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme.

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